Ford Focus ST continues to wow motoring journalists all over Europe. Media are impressed with technologies showcased at the recent Ford Revealed event in Aachen too...
Is how Danish publication BT describes Focus ST. It reports: “The ST now provides 250 horsepower and 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. But where the Focus ST sends the lower jaw against the seating surface on the Recaro seat is on driving dynamics. It eats its way around corners without the torque control you might have expected when the front wheels are pulling the steering wheel because they have to turn and deliver the many forces in the asphalt at the same time. The best way to say this is that, it is a supreme driving experience.”
Sums up Italy’s La Stampa after sampling Focus ST. It gushes: “If you’re a dominant driver, this Focus is the car for you. Ford’s ST, whose initials could easily stand for “Super Terrific,” must be driven with a firm grip and two hands on the steering wheel. It is quite reactive, especially when you floor the accelerator and not only when exiting a hairpin turn.”
La Stampa adds: “This exciting car has the new 2.0 EcoBoost 250PS under its hood, a brilliant gasoline engine with incredible performance potential (a top speed of 248km/h, fuel consumption of 7.2l / 100km and 0-100km/h in only 6.5 seconds). Above all, its power delivery is spectacular. The heart of the ST (Sport Technologies) is a full-bodied engine with an exhilarating sound. It is more intriguing than any other 2.0 turbocharged gasoline engine in the market.”
Ford Focus ST: A 250PS Symphony...
Raves La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Corrado Canali. The Italian journalist writes: “The Ford Focus ST 250PS is a thoroughbred sports car, but the most exciting news is the availability of a wagon body style. The ST is recognized immediately for its powerful grille, rear spoiler, original central exhaust pipes and aggressive rear bumper. The interior features Recaro front seats with inserts that match the body. The steering wheel, gear knob and three gauges (for the battery, oil and turbo boost) were designed especially for this version.
“The ST has a 10mm lower suspension with modifications in the rear, more powerful brakes and electronic features such as Torque Vectoring Control and Torque Steer Compensation. The 2.0-liter engine is paired with the Sound Symposer, which exalts its sporty sounds. More GT than sports car, this Focus has full-bodied engine performance and a surprisingly comfortable suspension. To make the engine even meaner, we can activate Sport mode. The ST offers outstanding safety features in the Driver Assistant Pack (1,250 euros). It is also available with SYNC with Emergency Assistance (1,500 euros).”
No More Stress in Traffic Jams
Is the headline in France’s L’Auto-Journal as it reports on Ford’s Traffic Jam Assist technology. “Navigating traffic is not one of the joys of driving a car. Therefore, Ford has developed a driver assist that takes over the gas pedal, brake and steering in traffic jams. The system is based on available technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Aid and even the automatic transmission.
Ford explains that this automated system, which reacts faster than most drivers, could make traffic flow better: “Where 25 percent of vehicles on a stretch of road are equipped to automatically follow the traffic ahead, journey times can be reduced by 37.5 percent and delays reduced by 20 percent.” However, we’ll have to wait. According to the automaker, Traffic Jam Assist “could be launched in the midterm future, between 2017 and 2025.”
Ford Technology Goes Further
Italy’s Il Venerdì (La Repubblica) this week praises Ford’s “democratization of technology”. Journalist Valerio Berruti writes: “Technology is available, but it’s often very expensive. Or at least that was the case until recently. Once limited to luxury cars, many systems are reaching more affordable models as well. The credit for the “democratization of technology” lies largely with Ford, which has managed to transfer advanced features to its mass-consumer cars.
“The American automaker, which has worked for some time to make motorists’ lives less stressful, is developing a strategy for the future of mobility (known as Blueprint for Mobility) with a new generation of driver assists. Right now, Ford is experimenting with two prototypes in particular: Traffic Jam Assist and the second generation of Active Park Assist. With these systems, the vehicle can recognize its surrounding environment, move with the flow of traffic and expand its parking functions to perpendicular and parallel parking.”